The recipe comes from Everyday Cookery Beeton’s Book of Household Management, first published in 1861 but in print continuously ever since. The original book, a mixture of strong, empowering language and utterly garbled recipes (Isabella plagiarized freely to compile her volume), dealt not only with cookery but also the running of a household. Aimed at the rapidly increasing urban middle classes, it set out to help women who had not necessarily been brought up with servants but who now found themselves married to businessmen and expected to hire and fire staff, care for their families, and put on impressive dinners in hope of climbing the social ladder. It was immensely popular, with some sixty thousand copies in its first year of publication. Beeton herself died only four years after it came out, but the book, which would not have been used for upstairs dishes but is perfect for the servants’ hall, was regularly updated by its publishers. This version of cauliflower cheese is quite different from the original recipe.